About: (German: flight day, airshow) is an event organized by Red Bull in which competitors attempt to fly home-made, size- and weight-limited, human-powered flying machines (max 10m/30 ft, 150 kg/330 lbs). The flying machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet (9.1 m) high into the sea (or suitably sized reservoir of water). Most competitors enter for the entertainment value, and the flying machines rarely fly at all. 33 teams participated with crazy themes, like a stone-age inspired Flinstone, Flying Ganesha, Superman’s underpants and even a pair of Flying Panties!
Background: The format was originally invented in Selsev, a small seaside town in the south of England under the name “Birdman Rally” in 1971 The first Red Bull FlugTag competition was held in 1991 inVienna, Austria. It was such a success that it has been held every year since and in over 35 cities all over the world. Anyone is eligible to compete in the Flugtag event. To participate, each team must submit an application and their contraption must meet the criteria set forth by Red Bull.The craft must be powered by muscle, gravity, and imagination. Because the aircraft will ultimately end up in the water, it must be unsinkable and constructed entirely of environmentally friendly materials. The aircraft may not have any loose parts.
The Event: The event took place in Sankey Tank, Bangalore, India. This is the first ever Red Bull FlugTag event in India (28th September 2014). Team Puliyogare Mix literally went a few layers deep to delight the audience with some aerodynamic lingerie. They take the Audience Choice Award. The aero-modelling experts at Team Majestic Beast take 3rd place with their glider. Talpade’s Glider takes 2nd place with their version of a 19th century design that may or may not have been mankind’s 1st trial at building a flying machine. When these beautiful contraptions weren’t flying, hosts “All India Bakchod” were right there in the thick of it all. Tanmay Bhat and Abish Mathew engaging with the teams on the ramp and Rohan Joshi bobbing in one of the rescue boat. As expected, the show was a total laugh riot with Gursimran Khamba hanging with the judges. Keeping the scores during the course of the day were six very distinguished individuals. While Nikhil Chinapa added a few million decibels to the crowd cheers, Rannvijay Singha kept a close eye as the teams took the plunge. Monica Dogra was being the fabulous diva as always and Ashwini Ponnappa spent all morning shuttling between the ramp and the judging arena. Varun Aaron kept score of every craft’s trajectory while Tania Sachdev was watching every move of the participants. All in all, an epic day that saw a massive turnout. It was too much fun to see an event like this. Worth watching the bloopers as well as the performers.